Monthly Archives: September 2019

Delighted to be in Dubai – Bernie Blaney

 

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Dubai is a beautiful city full of amazing architecture.  From the highest building in the world (the Burj Khalifa Tower – standing at 828m) to the world’s largest  shopping mall (with its own skating rink and aquarium) one thing is sure: you will not be bored in this modern city full of extremes and surprises around every corner.

For the amateur photographer, there are many interesting places to visit and photograph.  I took my Canon 80D DSLR and a few lenses  but you can take some great pictures with whatever camera you have to hand (be it a DSLR or your mobile phone camera).

There are many stories about how conservative Dubai is but if you are sensible and respectful of other cultures (and Dubai is definitely a multi-cultural city) you should not have any problems.  It is a tourist destination and so of course people are taking photos but you should always ask before taking pictures of people as it is illegal if you don’t have permission.

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The architecture is truly amazing (Photo # 1) and Dubai has to be one of the most beautiful cities in the world.  There is the old part of the city (Dubai was originally a fishing village) and you can take a trip on a river boat and wander round the Souk (Photo # 2) whilst the river is a lovely place to see the sunset (Photo # 3).

 

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There is a large wildlife sanctuary in the city (the Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary) which is well worth a visit – there’s a huge lake with over 150 recorded species of birds – the dominant species being the flamingo and there were hundreds there when we visited.  There are three different viewing hides dotted around the lake (best access is by car or taxi) and it is designed so that the birds are really not disturbed by visitors whilst allowing fabulous viewing conditions (photo # 4).

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Whilst in Dubai, try to get out of the city if you can – we visited an abandoned village called Sharjah – apparently empty since the 80s – it’s a hauntingly beautiful place to spend a few hours and you can easily arrange a trip from the city.   There’s a mosque and one street of houses, some with furniture still inside (photo # 5) but it is quite an eerie and sad place in some ways.  Sunset in the desert, surrounded by sand dunes with not another soul to be seen, was a special experience (photo # 6)

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You can’t visit Dubai without a trip to the previously mentioned tallest tower in the world (the Burj Khalifa), though be warned, you usually need to buy tickets beforehand and it is not cheap.  You will queue to get in and you will queue to leave, especially if you go at very popular times (as we did for the sunset & evening – photo # 7).  Having said that, it is spectacular and well worth the effort – the views are out of this world as you stand so far above everything within sight and as the sun sets it is just breath-taking.

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Finally, we visited Abu Dhabi for the day – mostly to visit the Louvre (photo # 8) and the largest mosque in the Middle East (the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque – photo # 9) – fabulous at sunset or sunrise.

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We enjoyed our trip there so much we intend to return next year and I am planning to treat myself to a day out with a local photographer who will be my guide for the day – hopefully taking me to some really top photography spots.

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Photo 9

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July 2019 Club News

And so the new year of club events begin under the guidance of our new Chairman Gerry Kenneally. We wish him and all the new officers all the best for the coming year.

Members are always active, out and about, grabbing any opportunity to catch some fabulous images of places and people around the area and beyond. We have holiday season also so many of our photographers have travelled abroad and we look forward to seeing some of their photographs soon.  On the home front there are numerous activities from Festivals, weddings, scenic tours and local events to capture and enjoy. Great to see such adventure and enthusiasm!

CLUB COMPETITION

The theme for July was GRAVEYARD/CEMETARY. Congratulations to Ingalill Bergman who took first and second place with her entries ‘Strength from Within’ and ‘Sacred Space’, 3rd place went to John Murphy with ‘What lies Beneath’. Fantastically creative images from everyone showing what could be a morbid theme into a very positive inspiring compostition.

The theme for August is FAVOURITE PLACE(S). So an open competition and it will be interesting to see what people chose. Upcoming themes include FORGOTTEN, LIGHTHOUSE, ARCHITECTURE and LONG EXPOSURE.

JOIN US – WELCOME

We are delighted with all the new members who have joined us recently. We are always open to new recruits!  If you are looking to learn a bit more about photography or just want to join like-minded people who love taking photographs then consider joining us in DEISE CAMERA CLUB!! Why not take a chance and come visit us! Looking forward to meeting some of you soon!

NEXT MEETING

Our next club meeting is on Tuesday 13th August at 7.30pm in The Park Hotel, Dungarvan

 

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June 2019 Club News

June is always a busy month in the club. Longer days and sunshine make the countryside lush with colour and the seas sparkle like diamonds just perfect for photographs! Members are out searching for that remarkable one moment in any day that makes it memorable.

AGM – ELECTION OF OFFICERS
Annual General Meeting was held at our June meeting and we thank our outgoing officers for their time and dedication in making Déise Camera Club the friendly and inviting club it is. Following detailed reports on the past year we are making plans for the forthcoming year with many projects in the pipeline! We welcome our incoming officers and wish them well in their roles.
President – Sean Byrne; Chairperson – Gerry Kenneally; Vice-Chairperson – Luke O’Brien; Secretary – Mairead Forrestal; Vice-Secretary – Bernadette Blaney; Treasurer – Denis Ryan; Vice-Treasurer – Patricia Hurley; PRO – Noreen O’Brien and Vice-PRO – Mary Herlihy.

CLUB COMPETITION
The themes for JUNE were monthly: SILHOUETTE and quarterly: OPEN BLACK/WHITE
Congratulations to Treas Cummins taking 1st place with ‘Late Night Chats’, 2nd place Bernadette Blaney with ‘Cattle Calling’, 3rd Brigid Coffey with ‘The Hurler’ all in the monthly competition. Congratulations to Mary Herlihy 1st place with ‘Trulli Italian’, 2nd place Mairead Forrestal with ‘Running on Empty’, Joint 3rd between John Murphy with ‘Three Little Birds’ and Bernadette Blaney with ‘Zebra Glass’. Well done everyone!
The theme for July is Graveyard/Cemetery and upcoming will be Forgotten and Architecture. So keep those cameras clicking!

JOIN US – WELCOME
We are delighted with all the new members who have joined us recently. We are always open to new recruits! If you are looking to learn a bit more about photography or just want to join like-minded people who love taking photographs then consider joining us in DEISE CAMERA CLUB!! Why not take a chance and come visit us! Looking forward to meeting some of you soon!

NEXT MEETING
Our next club meeting is on Tuesday 9th July at 7.30pm in The Park Hotel, Dungarvan.

 

Ber B Zebra Glass copy

Zebra Glass by Bernie Blaney

The Hurler

The Hurler by Brigid Coffey

 

 

Mairead bw shoes

Running on Empty – Mairead Forrestal

Treas Night Chats

Silhouette – Treas Cummins

Three Little Birds - John Murphy

Three Little Birds – John Murphy

Trulli Italian - Mary Herlihy

Trulli Italian – Mary Herlihy

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